Behind my vision of Willamette Valley Chardonnay is the collective wisdom from what innumerable harvests have taught around the world. It was an honor to travel, & take part in old traditions, to have gathered experience & tasted great wines before returning to the land where I grew from.
Chardonnay is Queen Chameleon. It's fluidity shows nuance, I admire how widely it thrives, in distinctive climates & soils. It is highly responsive in the cellar too, its character a reflection of how it's made. The future of Willamette Valley Chardonnay is as bright as ever.
Each year's weather conditions are unique; time shaping the character of Willamette Valley Chardonnay. Seasonal conditions dance & vineyard microclimates shift, dynamic imprints within the fruit's DNA. Tuning in to subtleties, nuances and details is my task; paying attention & getting out of the way.
The soil, microclimate, topography, elevation, aspect & farming philosophy all have an enormous impact on the character of grapes. Even then, there is more than meets the eye. The 'soul of place' is what I seek to discover, over time, producing authentic Willamette Valley Chardonnay.
Morgen Long Willamette Valley Chardonnay is created with an inquisitive approach. After working as closely as I can to the vine with thoughtful farmers, my goal is balancing the craft of winemaking with a discovery of the authentic expression of grape, time & place. I imagine my wines are liquid almanacs, transparent & illustrative.
Handpicked fruit is pressed long and hard & settled before being transferred to French oak barrels with evenly distributed lees. Indigenous, ambient yeasts begin fermentation, & aging takes place, ideally, without additions or much in the way of lees stirring. After 11-12 months, wines are racked to stainless steel to age a second winter on lees & are bottled after 17-18 months.